Boxers who suffered a KO loss in their first fight but went on to have successful careers

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  1. pow

    pow Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I was looking up Joe Bugners record and was surprised to see he started his career with a KO loss. Illunga Makubu is another fighter who started with a KO loss. Can anyone name any other boxers who went on to have successful careers despite loosing their debuts by knockout? Honorable mentions to Bernard Hopkins who started with MD loss and Johnny Nelson PTS loss.
     
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  2. Paranoid Android

    Paranoid Android Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Wisaksil was knocked out in his first two professional fights.
     
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  3. chacal

    chacal Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Probably the most impressive is Henry Armstrong, a TRUE ATG. Who lost his first fight by KO.
     
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    pow Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Great shout forgot about Rungvisai! Textbook example.
     
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    CST80 Quod Aeterna Brutalis Staff Member

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    Recent examples would be Sor Rungvisai, Junior Makabu, Keita Obara and Sho Kimura.

    And let us not forget the beast of all beasts, Orlando Salido.
     
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    chacal Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Alexis Arguello didnt lose his first fight, but his third. And his fourth too. Yet, he's another beast of the ring that will be remembered forever.
     
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    Max Thunder Useless Dosser Full Member

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    Eric Molina was knocked out in the first round of his debut fight but became a 2-time world title challenger. Almost got Wilder out of there too.
     
  8. Serge

    Serge MUH RUSSIA, NOVICHOK, MELDONIUM, DOE Staff Member

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    Rafael Marquez was KO'd in 8 by Victor Rabanales 39-14-2 who was a damned good fighter. Beware of Mexicans with double digit loses you might get a nasty surprise.
     
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    Big time Mccline
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    Juan Manuel Marquez.
     
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    TheMikeLake Well-Known Member Full Member

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    greynotsoold Well-Known Member Full Member

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    For a second I thought you were going to talk bad about Victor. I saw him live a couple times and he was tough.

    I think that the great Benny Leonard lost his first by ko.
     
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    Bukkake Boxing Addict Full Member

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    There have been lots and lots of boxers, who got ko'd in their first fight - but despite this went on to have successful careers.

    If we concentrate on future world champions alone, I suspect the list would still be pretty long (at least a couple of dozen, would be my guess).
     
  14. Serge

    Serge MUH RUSSIA, NOVICHOK, MELDONIUM, DOE Staff Member

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    lol no.

    Cool. Wayne McCullouch said Rabanales had the best chin out of everyone he fought.

    'McCullough credits his 13th fight, against Victor Rabanales, as the one that gave him the confidence to see what Futch already knew: “I remember saying to my wife after that fight, ‘I’m going to be world champion for sure because this guy is as tough as anybody.‘ That’s the first time I said professional boxing is such a tough sport.”

    BEST CHIN
    Victor Rabanales: That’s a hard one too. Some of the Mexicans have tough chins, you hit them and they look at you so you hit them again and they look at you and then you hit them with a body shot and they crumble.

    The Mexicans, they’re all tough – Zaragoza, Morales, Jose Luis Bueno. I didn’t take any easy fights coming up, I took tough fights against Mexicans.

    Rabanales really did have a concrete chin. That was my 13th fight and his 50th fight and he was a former champion, No. 1 in the world. I hit him with everything and he hit me with everything too. That was the first time in boxing I lost a round. When I hit him in the chin he didn’t go anywhere. I remember looking at him and he had metal teeth! Every time I hit him it didn’t even faze him, he just kept coming and coming.'
     
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    Faceplant Not an alt. Full Member

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    Yup. He lost his first two fights by knockout, but went on to be a legend of the sport. We could end the thread right here.
     

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